UK signees impress all-star coach

Micah Johnson is the marquee Kentucky recruit playing for Kentucky all-star team in Friday's game against Tennessee. However, Kentucky all-star coach Perry Thomas of Paducah Tilghman doesn't think UK fans are going to be disappointed with the other Kentucky signees playing in the game.

Micah Johnson is the marquee Kentucky recruit playing for Kentucky all-star team in Friday's game against Tennessee. However, Kentucky all-star coach Perry Thomas of Paducah Tilghman doesn't think UK fans are going to be disappointed with the other Kentucky signees playing in the game.

Start with defensive linemen Josh Minton of Southwestern and Corey Peters of Louisville Central. "Josh Minton is a player. He has great feet and strong legs. As he gets stronger, he will really fit into what they want to do because he has great instincts and really knows football," said Thomas. "And Corey Peters is just a man. He is as tough as nails. He is such a load for anyone to try and block. He could be a really special player."

Two other UK signees, Paul Warford (running back) and Justin Jeffries (tackle) are playing offense for the all-star team. "Warford is another really good player. He has some jets (speed) and great athletic ability. He could play running back or defensive back. He could play receiver. He's that good," Thomas said. "Jeffries is one of the better looking kids you will see. He is tall and has a big frame. He is a really good player. I think he could play on either side of the ball in college, but he is great for us on offense. He holds down that one side of the line and does a great job. He's the kind of offensive lineman every college coach is looking for."

Don't overlook walk-on Jimmy Chaffin of Lynn Camp. He's from a small school, but has made a big impression with Thomas. "He's tough. He's playing receiver for us, but he played everything in high school. I think he could be a very valuable walk-on for Kentucky," Thomas said.

Toss in Johnson, Kentucky's Mr. Football, and Thomas feels Kentucky has all-star players that have more than talent, too. "They all seem like real good kids. They are all first-class guys. That might not seem important, but in football, that means a lot, especially when they have the talent these guys do," Thomas said.


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